Bill 101

“There will have to be some sort of legislation which is, to say the least, an imperfect tool, sometimes a cruel tool to many people, because it changes the rules of the game, from way back.”—­ René Lévesque, 1978 IN…

WASP Racism

Had I pursued a Ph.D., I would have specialized in periodical literature; I’ve loved old magazines since I was a kid. After I began writing for Saturday Night, it became apparent that the magazine’s financial situation was so precarious that…

MTM TV

Some of my television columns examined particular themes — the treatment of old people on TV, for instance. The following column looked at the treatment of women. … “As Mary Tyler Moore goes, so goes the nation.”— Maude BACK IN…

R.D. Laing

THREE OR FOUR years ago R.D. Laing, the existential psychiatrist, went on a widely publicized and somewhat disastrous North American speaking tour. I heard him in a crowded gymnasium at the University of Guelph. Most of us who turned out that…

Jolts Per Minute

In trying to describe the difference between American and Canadian television, I came up with the crude but I think useful notion of ‘jolts per minute’ (JPMs). American programmes had far more. … CLEARLY, IT WAS A COUP for 90 Minutes…